Family Australasian Treecreepers (Climacteridae)

Least Concern

White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)


French: Échelet leucophée German: Weißkehl-Baumrutscher Spanish: Corretroncos gorjiblanco

Certhia leucophaea


, 1801,

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


In past, treated as conspecific with C. placens. Race minor previously treated as a separate species, but birds intermediate between it and nominate race occur in SE Queensland. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. minor (E. P. Ramsay, 1891) – Little Treecreeper – highlands of NE Queensland, in NE Australia.
  • C. l. intermedia (Boles & Longmore, 1984) – highlands of CE Queensland.
  • C. l. metastasis Schodde, 1989 – SE Queensland and NE New South Wales.
  • C. l. leucophaea (Latham, 1801) – White-throated Treecreeper – coast, highlands and W slopes (upper watersheds of Murray–Darling Basin) of SE Australia from CE New South Wales S to SE South Australia.
  • C. l. grisescens (Mathews, 1912) – Mt Lofty Ranges, in SE South Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–16·5 cm; 17 g (minor) to 22 g (nominate). Male nominate race is dark brown above, with thin whitish loral streak, fine grey scaling on forehead, thin... read more


    Typical territorial call (both sexes) a series of penetrating piping notes, repeated rapidly, then... read more


    Wide variety of wooded habitats, including tropical and subtropical rainforest, cool temperate... read more

    Food and feeding

    Adult and larval insects, mainly ants (Formicidae); also spiders (Araneae); occasionally sap from acacias or eucalypts, and rarely nectar.... read more


    Season Aug/Sept–Dec/Jan; normally single-brooded. Socially monogamous, normally breeding as pair; individual (of either sex)... read more


    Sedentary. In radio-tracking study, juveniles of both sexes made forays ranging from less than 100... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common. Population densities in different parts of New South Wales, 0·1–1·13 birds/ha (0·32/ha in detailed study) in NE, 0... read more

    Recommended citation

    Noske, R. (2020). White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 February 2020).